This may be the last night for the Transformers franchise after The Last Knight disappointed so badly at the box office this weekend…
Transformers: The Last Knight brought in just $69.1 million from 4,069 theaters across its five day debut at the North American box office this week.
Yikes! That’s a franchise low — and it’ll put serious doubt on whether the series has a legitimate future beyond this movie.
The movie — which cost Paramount about $217 million to make — brought in a more respectable $196.2 million overseas, though it’ll have to do very well overseas moving forward if it has any hope of keeping the franchise around and/or making up for such a disappointing total at home.
And yes, if you’re keeping score, Michael Bay‘s flick brought in a franchise low at the domestic box office; what was once a sure-fire hit in earlier installments looked really, really sluggish this weekend.
Megan Colligan, Paramount’s President of Marketing and Distribution, tried to spin things to the worldwide view in their take about The Last Knight‘s performance this weekend:
“The movie was conceived of for a global audience and it performed for a global audience. You aren’t making the movie with just the U.S. in mind.”
Hey, whatever helps you sleep at night!
Critics have never loved the film, though (this one has a lowly 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and earlier installments have struggled somewhat domestically despite racking up good global numbers, too, so maybe this is just the way it goes.
Regardless, a franchise low across a five day box office debut is really not a good thing.
Elsewhere, Wonder Woman and Cars 3 are neck and neck for second place at the box office this weekend!
The big news centers on the Gal Gadot-led flick, though: having now taken in more than $300 million domestically, it is now the top-grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman! Congratulations, Patty Jenkins!!!
47 Meters Down retained the fourth spot ($7.4 million this weekend), while All Eyez On Me and The Mummy were neck and neck for fifth place, with both films falling just short of $6 million.
What about U, Perezcious readers?! Did U go see anything special in theaters this weekend???
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[Image via Paramount Pictures.]